"Oh, I had installed a special HOSTS file."
Are there any items you can add to your post?
I recently got broadband high-speed internet and not long after, my desktop's (XPpro SP2) web page and download speeds have slowed to almost a stand still. My laptop which runs Vista Home Premium on the same connection DOES NOT experience the same slowness - so it can not be the connection.
I've tried firefox and IE and seen no difference. I have programs that use the internet connection that often time out. Programs such as the game installer and updater Steam.
I had a PCI network adapter installed before this became a problem and I tested both it and the integrated network adapter on the motherboard - no change to the problem. I have since removed the PCI adapter thinking that it was causing an error somwhere - again, no change to the problem
I've run a few different free anti-spyware and anti-virus utilities that did find a couple things but have not cleared up this particular problem.
By the time I got to System Restore, there weren't any saves on a date prior to when this starting happening.
I haven't been able to get Safe Mode with networking to really get networking - I launch Firefox or IE and it goes straight to "Page cannot be displayed"
What could this be? A virus that was not detected or my motherboard going bad?